Prunus besseyi Sand Cherry

Prunus besseyi Sand Cherry

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Excellent for Xeriscapes | Hardy to Zone 3
SKU 27888
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Key Characteristics

3 - 6

Mature Height

6 Feet

Mature Width

6 Feet

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Prunus besseyi Sand Cherry

A North American native species of cherry, a western sand cherry, this flowering shrub blooms in clusters of single white blooms in May and produces heavy crops of edible, sweet fruit in July to mid-August. The dark purple to black cherries can be eaten fresh or dried, baked in pies, or cooked in jams, jellies, and preserves.

This winter-hardy deciduous shrub provides food and nesting cover for songbirds, its silver-green foliage of summer turning purple in fall. The bush prefers well-drained soil, is drought tolerant, once established, and will even tolerate hot, dry soil, making it a perfect choice for water-conserving xeriscapes. It is occasionally used in border plantings and makes a good screen or hedge.

Product Details

Item Form Bareroot
Genus Prunus
Species besseyi
Product Classification Trees and Shrubs
Habit Upright
USDA Zone Low 3
USDA Zone High 6
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Bloom Color White
Bloom Season Start Mid Spring
Bloom Season End Late Spring
Foliage Color Medium Green, Silver/Gray
Resistance Cold Hardy, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant
Special Features Bird Lovers
Uses Beds, Fall Color, Specimen
Zone 3, 4, 5, 6
State Shipping Restrictions AL, AZ, CA, CO, GU, ID, LA, MS, OR, PR, VI, WA
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